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Hangers are a necessity for any closet. They allow you to keep your clothing off the floor and neatly organized in rows. Most people don’t realize that there are several types of hangers and that each type has a specific purpose. At Tidy Living, we strive to organize and educate our customers so they can make smart decisions about which organization and storage products to choose. If you’re feeling lost when it comes to hangers, you’re not alone. Take a look at some of the types of hangers available and what they’re used for.
As the name implies, suit hangers are commonly used for hanging suits. They’re designed with curved arms that extend down to a horizontal bar. The arms hold suit jackets or blazers while the crossbar can be used to hold a pair of pants. In a pinch, suit hangers can also be used for coats, vests and even shirts. Nonslip versions of these hangers are also available. Think of a good suit hanger as the multi-purpose workhorse of the closet. Everyone should have several of these available.
Shirt hangers have elongated, curved arms that mimic the natural shoulder of a well-made shirt. Not surprisingly, they’re made for holding shirts. Many of these types of hangers will also have a notch cut into either arm, which is meant to hold thin straps or hanging loops sewn into the shoulders of some types of blouses. Shirt hangers are available in regular or nonslip styles. They normally lack the crossbar found on a suit hanger, which allows them to be lighter and easier to maneuver. Because of the longer, curved arms of these types of hangers, they allow the shirt to hang straighter to help prevent wrinkles.
Pants and Skirt Hangers
Pants and skirt hangers are typically straight with a full-length clamping mechanism or smaller clasps. The hangers are designed to grab the pants or skirt at the hem and hold it in place while it hangs. Full-length clamp style hangers are good for pants or thicker materials while smaller, individual clamps are better suited for skirts and silky materials. Some types of pant and skirt hangers will have toothed clamps to help prevent slippage.
Knowing the difference between hangers will help you choose the right ones to stock your closet with. Using the right hanger for your clothing helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your closet organized.